Consultant Biographies

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Fiona Bare
Fiona Bare
Major: PPE

Fiona is a junior studying Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. She is a Midwestern gal, splitting time between Chicago and Ann Arbor, so if you want to talk about the merits of deep dish pizza or Zingerman's Deli, make sure to flag her down. On campus, Fiona works at the Roberts Environmental Center and competes with the Model UN team but she attempts to get off campus to explore the outdoors as much as possible! When not helping students write brilliant papers at the CWPD, you can find her reading a novel in the beautiful California sunshine, drinking coffee, or doing yoga.

 
Sophie Brieder
Sophie Brieder
Major: Neuroscience

Sophie Breider is a sophomore at CMC who hails from Lake Tahoe, Nevada. She is proud to reside in what she considers the last state of the Wild West and has an affinity for all things cowboy and Americana, particularly her favorite novel Blood Meridian. Fortunate enough to have spent her teenage years exploring her local mountains and deserts, Sophie likes to spend as much time as possible outdoors, backpacking, camping, snowboarding or running. Sophie’s dream job has changed quite a bit over the years, but international pop star, despite no vocal or instrumental talent, is still her chief and enduring aim. In light of such technical shortcomings, Sophie explores her interest in music through a more realistic outlet and is employed as the Director of Promotions for KSPC Claremont 88.7 FM. Should her dream of pop stardom never come to fruition, Sophie is pursuing a degree and career in the field of neuroscience. Though not as glamorous a prospect as fame and fans, Sophie thinks a career in health policy or neuropsychology would be comparably rewarding (though perhaps ever so slightly less exciting).

 
Michael Choi
Michael Choi
Major: Economics/Accounting

Michael Choi is a junior at CMC, born and raised in the sunny hills and beaches of Southern California. Unable to handle frigid winters (defined as any temperature less than 75 degrees (F)) Michael is thrilled to spend another 4 years in Southern California. As an Economics and Accounting major, he is usually cranking out Econ problem sets and Excel sheets between the hours of 1 and 3 am. When not working at the CWPD or consulting for SOURCE Non-Profit Consulting, he can also be found watching Kitchen Nightmares, while simultaneously surfing Yelp restaurant reviews. Michael looks forward to welcoming everyone to the CWPD and hearing their stories!

 
Patrick Elliott
Patrick Elliott
Major: Government + Ethics sequence

Patrick is a consultant from Chicago (the real city, not the suburbs) majoring in Government with an Ethics Sequence. When he was younger, writing and reading were some of the main ways he bonded with his grandmother. Since then, writing has become one of his favorite activities, and his passion for it is what attracted him to the CWPD. On campus, Patrick is the Diversity & Inclusion Chair for ASCMC, one of the Vice Presidents of Mock Trial, a Tour Guide, a First Year Guide, an Admissions Office Ambassador, and a member of multiple faculty-led committees. Outside of CMC, he runs Waypoint College Mentoring, his own digital college mentoring business for high school students. A lot of his work involves developing his clients’ writing skills, helping them with their applications, and better preparing them for the rigor of college-level composition. Patrick has a slight obsession with martial arts which he credits to his heroes, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Perhaps his biggest struggle on campus is learning how to manage his Flex each semester. Patrick is looking forward to working with students, so you should definitely schedule a consultation with him.

 
Nedim Filipovic
Nedim Filipovic
Majors: Chemistry and Economics

Nedim Filipovic is from Lake Oswego, Oregon. He is a Chemistry and Economics dual major with a sequence in “take as many interesting classes as possible.” Nedim has a passion for the outdoors and is constantly planning exciting weekend trips that inevitably are canceled due to a combination of procrastination and homework. Things that interest Nedim include: things he doesn’t know anything about, you, soccer, discussions on gender equality, your essay, and most importantly, you. Feel free to drop by his room, colloquially dubbed “Big Berg.” He’s open to any topic, and any ideas. A word to the wise: don’t get him started on barefoot running – he loves that stuff.

 
Devon Fox
Devon Fox
Majors: Philosophy and Legal or Film Studies

Devon Fox is a sophomore from Denver, Colorado, planning on dual majoring in Philosophy and either Legal Studies or Film Studies. When not in that desert, he enjoys skiing, hiking, and traveling, and while in this desert he'll settle for music, movies, spending time with friends, and exploring the greater LA area. When he's not consulting at the CWPD, he might be taking pictures, reading movie reviews, listening to "Fresh Air" on NPR, or discussing the morality of pretty much anything.

 
Kandace Fung
Kandace Fung
Majors: Biology and Literature

Kandace is from Corona, California, a city just 30 minutes away from Claremont. She is involved with Asian Pacific American Mentors (APAM), Taiko, American Medical Student Association (AMSA), Circle K, Claremont Integrated Science Society (CISS), the Athenaeum, Pan-Asian Community of CMC (PACCMC), and Casa Colina! She dreams of becoming a physician while writing best-selling novels in her free time. Besides creative writing, she loves spoken word, drinking tea, playing the piano, watching Grey's Anatomy, and finding good ramen places. She's excited to interact with new people and to collaborate on writing together!

 
Brandon Granaada
Brandon Granaada
Majors: Economics and Government

A Seattle transplant originally from the Bay Area, Brandon loves rooting for all sports Bay Area, something difficult in the Pacific Northwest. After graduation Brandon is potentially interested in law school, however he is unsure whether this is a genuine interest in law or a desire to be Harvey Specter. He watches far too much television, and has a particular affinity for Suits, How to Make it In America, and Gotham. He is excited to be working with the CWPD and its amazing team.

 
Josh Gugenheim
Josh Guggenheim
Major: Management-Engineering

Josh is a sophomore studying Management-Engineering. He grew up in the Bay Area (Marin County) and is excited that he gets to continue to live in California. In his free time, Josh enjoys working with his Arduino microprocessor and turning his various technological ideas and designs into realities. This year, apart from working at the CWPD, Josh is establishing the CMC 3D Printing Club. Although his academic interests primarily lie in mathematics and sciences, he cherishes the opportunity to dive into great literature, discuss and debate topics raised in the texts, and translate those ideas into written papers. If you see Josh around campus, don’t hesitate to say hello!

 
Emma Henson
Emma Henson
Major: International Relations + Economics

Emma Henson is a sophomore from Sarasota, Florida studying International Relations and Economics. You can normally find her writing fiction, reading fiction, watching HBO shows, or looking for a new adventure. When not busy with school work, Emma likes to argue incessantly about politics, listen to any and all true crime podcasts, and try to work on her German. An avid supporter of the Oxford comma, Emma is excited to be a part of the CWPD team and to read your wonderful writing.

 
Francesca Hidalgo-Wohileben
Francesca Hidalgo
Major: Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE)
Additional Languages: Spanish

Francesca Hidalgo is a Cedar Rapids, Iowa native majoring in Philosophy, Politics & Economics (PPE). Francesca is passionate about sunshine, adventuring and education policy. On campus, Francesca works at the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and volunteers with Uncommon Good. She enjoys talking about the criminal justice system and is happy to explain to you the difference between Iowa, Idaho and Ohio. Francesca is thrilled to be working with the CWPD team and looks forward to discussing ideas, papers and life.

 
Liat Kaplan
Liat Kaplan
Major: Literature

Liat Kaplan is a Literature major from the bustling metropolis of St. Paul, Minnesota. She is editor-in-chief of both the Golden Antlers and Discourse Magazine, CMC’s first literature and arts magazine. She enjoys writing poetry, satire, and creative nonfiction. She is always happy to discuss modern art, postmodern poetry, her Unified Feminist Theory of Taylor Swift, and the merits of outlining. An entry from Liat's elementary school-era diary says, "When I grow up I want to be a book reviewer in the newspaper because they get to read stuff then talk about it all day." Liat is always interested in reading your writing and talking about it all day (or just for a 45-minute session in the CWPD).

 
Tim Kent
Tim Kent
Major: History

Tim was born and raised in Ojai, California and is a History major. After spending his first two years at Whitman College, watching sunset in the wheat fields of Walla Walla, Washington, he realized he couldn’t be away from Southern California for longer than a couple years, and made the jump to CMC. Tim’s favorite ways to procrastinate on history papers are watching Dodger baseball (Go Blue), reading and talking about education equality in America, and listening to and staying on top of music and pop culture, particularly hip-hop. Though still working on his freestyling skills, if you ever want someone to listen to yet another new Future album with, he will probably already be in his room listening. He is excited to meet new people through the CWPD and to help CMCers come away from a session with a brainstorm that leads to a thesis epiphany.

 
Jahnavi Kocha
Jahnavi Kocha
Major: Science + Management

Jahnavi is a sophomore studying Science and Management with an Environmental sequence. From Mumbai, India and having lived in Europe for a while, she loves to travel so talk to her about interesting experiences, adventure ideas or even 'home'. At CMC, Jahnavi spends time competing with the Debate Union, researching with EnviroLab Asia and The Lowe Institute of Political Economy and looking for table-tennis partners. Jahnavi is also hugely passionate about Claremont Women In Business and hopes to grow this network beyond our campus. When she is not discussing life or at the CWPD, you can find her at the Motley with good poetry and better tea.

 
Robert Moore
Robert Moore
Major: PPE

Robert “Rob” Moore was born and raised in Atlanta, GA, and is a junior student majoring in PPE with a sequence in Computer Science here at CMC. Apart from working at the CWPD, he enjoys traveling, outdoor recreation, and debating random philosophical topics. Though he enjoys his leisure, he is notorious for an endlessly booked Google calendar (according to legend, his professors have to register their classes on his schedule). Even so, he is more than excited to be working at the CWPD, welcomes your visit to the Center, and looks forward to seeing you around campus!

 
Cole Mora
Cole Mora
Major: PPE

Cole is a consultant originally from New Orleans, Louisiana. He plays for the CMS men’s soccer team, although his FIFA skills are very limited. Cole loves the way that writing and communication are used to tell stories and connect people, so working at the Center for Writing and Public Discourse has been one of his favorite experiences at CMC. A Philosophy, Politics, and Economics major, he loves developing and strengthening arguments. When he isn't watching "The Office," you can usually find him at ASCMC Senate, Snack, or hanging on Applebeach. Feel free to talk to him about anything, as he loves to work with people!

 
Emily Morse
Emily Morse
Major: Cognitive Science
Additional Languages: Spanish

Hailing from Mercer Island, Washington, Emily loves much about sunny Southern California, but not-so-secretly misses the Seattle rain. A Cognitive Science major, Emily is also a tour guide for the admissions office, a Special Olympics Club leader, and one of the RAs of Crown Hall. When not at the CWPD, she can usually be found staying up too late (probably reading food blogs) or making peanut butter banana toast in Collins. She loves meeting new people and she looks forward to seeing you in the CWPD this year!

 
Melissa Muller
Melissa Muller
Major: Government

Melissa is a sophomore from the bae area in Northern California. She doesn't know what she's majoring in, so if you have advice please tell her what to do with her life. To avoid her work, Melissa procrastinates by reading The Economist, taking walks, and worrying about governmental infringements on privacy. She wants to read all of your papers, especially if they are for government classes, and is generally interested in your life. Some day she will break away from society to live off the grid.

 
Amiya Narula
Amiya Narula
Majors: International Relations + Spanish

Amiya is a sophomore from New Delhi, India. She is an International Relations and Spanish dual major but also loves Literature. When she was 16 she moved away to boarding school in Costa Rica and spent her last two years of high school hanging out with sloths and iguanas. On campus, Amiya competes with the Model UN team and works as an Events Commissioner for ASCMC. Amiya absolutely loves coffee and makes her own, so find her if you’re looking for someone to drink coffee and talk about life or literature with. She loves to make bad jokes and can often be found at the hub harassing all of her friends who have to listen to her. She is super excited to be working at the CWPD and can’t wait to meet new people and talk about new ideas.

 
Sam Peterson
Sam Peterson
Major: Math/Econ

Sam is a junior Applied Math/Econ dual major from the seemingly infinite urban expanse surrounding Seattle. When not frustrating his peers with an obsession with logical explanations for the world's eccentricities, he can be found in his natural habitat, the Hub, where he gravitates towards watching soccer. In his spare time, which doesn't exist, he often contemplates his love of clear, concise communication and its pervasive persuasiveness. When not at the CWPD, Sam can be found in the Roberts Environmental Center or Lowe Institute. He is also known for being a FYG and writing for the esteemed Golden Antlers. To Sam, the CWPD is the perfect vessel for promoting elegant writing and, more importantly, for supporting writers.

 
Erica Rawles
Erica Rawles
Majors: Philosophy and Art
Additional Languages: Italian, Spanish

Erica is pursuing a dual major in Philosophy at CMC and Art at Scripps. A Los Angeles native, Erica loves the sun and the ocean, and is most likely to be seen reading a book outside or walking far too slowly with no destination in mind. She also plays piano and guitar, and is always looking for someone new to jam with. Erica speaks Italian and Spanish, loves to travel, and wants to hear about your adventures. Excited to work at the CWPD, Erica looks forward to getting to know her peers and learning from them through their writing.

 
Emily Segal
Emily Segal
Majors: Literature and Spanish

Emily Segal is a Literature and Spanish dual major from Santa Monica, California. When she was younger, she sometimes spent her free time writing alternate endings to science fiction novels. Emily is excited to work at the CWPD because she believes in the process of writing and would like to add this job to the list of things she enjoys along with English breakfast tea, hiking, and environmental documentaries. You can probably find her in the Motley, perusing study abroad programs and dreaming of all the places she hopes to visit one day.

 
John Seylar
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Kanako Shimizu
Kanako Shimizu
Majors: Economics and Literature
Additional Languages: Japanese

Kanako is a junior from San Jose, California. Besides working at the CWPD, she can be found watching documentaries in her rocking chair or tracking down all of the on-campus events that provide refreshments. Come in and talk to her about books that she's read recently, which will (more often than not) be placed down once and forgotten, only to be rediscovered months later.

 
Cheryl Smith
Cheryl Smith
Major: EEP

Cheryl is a sophomore majoring in Environment, Economics, and Politics, who comes from the dynamic city of Glasgow, Scotland. To her, the CWPD is an amazing place for all students to talk freely about their writing, and Cheryl is always happy to discuss your writing with you. On campus, Cheryl is a First Year Guide and a member of the 5C animal shelter volunteer club. When not at the CWPD, you can find her jogging around the 5Cs, writing in her room, or in lab at Keck.

 
Pippa Straus
Pippa Straus
Majors: Psychology and Literature

Pippa Straus is a sophomore from Birmingham, Alabama. She is currently dual majoring in Psychology and Literature. In addition to working at the Center, Pippa is on the Model UN Team and works as a lab assistant for Professor Krauss at the Center for Applied Psychological Research. She also volunteers with an organization known as Aid to Inmate Mothers, which helps women in prison and their children. As a result, she is one of the few people at CMC who has been inside a maximum security prison. She loves music, going on hardcore television binge watching sessions, and reading (she has memorized the last paragraph of The Great Gatsby, among other things), and is interested in criminal justice and prison activism.

 
Jen Vaccaro
Jen Vaccaro
Major: Government & Spanish
Additional Languages: Spanish

As one of the few CMC students from the Bay Area, Jen feels responsible for repping Nor Cal pride throughout Claremont. However, she does appreciate a break from the fog and crisp Bay air. At CMC, you can spot Jen reading political science books and Spanish novels while riding the stationary bike. Even stronger than Jen’s love for the biking/reading combo, she enjoys people and writing. From academic to creative prose, Jen values the process of channeling thoughts into words. She believes that we constantly grow as both humans and writers. Jen would love to collaborate with you on your journey of growth and expression.

 
Becca Zimmerman
Becca Zimmerman
Major: History

Becca hails from Philadelphia, definitely not as always sunny as Claremont. A history-plus-something-yet-to-be-determined major, Becca can be found at a double-screen monitor in Ryal Computer Lab, consistently jamming the printer with readings. When not geeking out over old books, Becca can be found (of course) in the CWPD, but also giving tours on campus, tanning in the fountains, or hip-hop dancing. Becca loves meeting new people over a good cup of coffee and/or a disorganized outline!

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